On Saturday, Donald Trump used Twitter to send a message to the people of Iran.
“To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you,” Trump tweeted. “We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage.”
Trump then repeated his message, but this time in Farsi.
George Conway, who is an attorney, the husband of White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, and a frequent critic of Trump and his administration took the opportunity to send his own message to Trump. Conway trolled Trump in Farsi.
“Okay, but you’re still being impeached, and you always will be,” Google translate says the message read.
Conway would later share that he had intended the message to read that Trump is impeached, but that became lost in the translation. The message, however, did not lose its meaning.
Also on Saturday, an op-ed was published by The Washington Post that was written by Conway and former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal. The op-ed offered advice to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her ongoing confrontation with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Conway and Katal argued that Pelosi should “split up” the articles of impeachment. They advised her to submit the article of obstruction of justice and hold onto the article of abuse of power so that it can be further investigated.
Here is an excerpt from the op-ed:
“Separating the two articles — our preferred approach — would make perfect sense,” they wrote. “When it comes to the second article, all the evidence about Trump’s obstruction is a matter of public record. There’s nothing more to add, so the second article is ripe for trial. But as to the first, although there is plenty of evidence demonstrating Trump’s guilt, his obstruction has prevented all of the evidence from coming to light,” Conway and Katel wrote.
“Since the House voted to approve the articles of impeachment last month, new revelations of Trump’s involvement have emerged, including emails showing that aid was ordered withheld from Ukraine 91 minutes after Trump’s supposedly ‘perfect’ phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky,” they wrote. “Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, has said he is willing to testify before the Senate if subpoenaed, and Bolton’s lawyer has said he has new information, yet McConnell has balked at assurances that Bolton would be called.”
“How can one conduct a ‘trial’ without knowing this evidence?” they would continue. “As lawyers, we have never heard of a trial without witnesses. Both past impeachment trials of presidents featured witnesses — including 41 in the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. And the lack of witnesses is particularly striking given the shell game Trump and his Republican colleagues have played. In the House, Trump prevented executive branch employees from testifying but said some of them would be able to testify in the Senate. Now that we are in the Senate, Republicans say these folks should have testified in the House. Lewis Carroll would be pleased.”
It is unclear if Pelosi read the op-ed or has any plans of taking Conway and Katel’s advice.